Atlanta Gas Companies

There's only one source for gas in Atlanta, but many different companies can sell it.

Natural gas utility service in Atlanta can be confusing until you understand how things are set up in Georgia. The Natural Gas Competition and Deregulation Act (passed into law by the state legislature in 1997) turned local gas company Atlanta Gas Light into a "pipes-only" company.

That means that Atlanta Gas Light maintains and services all the infrastructure for gas delivery in Atlanta. Instead of having a local commission set utility rates, the law was designed to create competition between individual companies who want to sell you natural gas utility service.

Here's where it can get confusing: you get the same gas no matter which company you choose for your natural gas service. They're all "gas marketers." Atlanta Gas Light actually delivers the service to your residence.

If you're not picking a company based on quality, you're choosing exclusively on price.  The Georgia Public Service Commission website has a complete list of Certified Marketers and their contact information.You can also visit the Atlanta Gas Light "Choose a Marketer" page.

If things were simple, you'd be charged for gas service purely on a per-therm basis. (Your high school physics teacher would remind you that a therm is equivalent to 100,000 BTUs, or the energy required to burn about 100 cubic feet of natural gas).

That's not exactly how it works, because all companies charge per therm plus a monthly service fee.  They all like to quote a per-therm price depending on how much gas you actually use in a month; any low per-therm rates could be wiped out by a high service charge.

Also, don't be surprised by a monthly Atlanta Gas Light service charge that will be tacked onto your bill no matter which company you choose. Free-market competition aside, everyone has to contribute to a standard fee to maintain the pipes independent of the fluctuating cost of natural gas.

If you're moving into an apartment or house that's been previously occupied, try to get an idea of how many therms per month have been used by previous tenants or owners and use that number to estimate a number when shopping for service. The University of Georgia has published a helpful guide to estimating your bill.

Shop around for deals. Providers like Gas South (which sponsors the Atlanta Braves' stadium strikeout counter), Georgia Natural Gas and SCANA Energy advertise heavily and often offer rebates, gift cards and even Delta Frequent Flyer miles to new customers.

Fireside Natural Gas and True Natural Gas are smaller companies that have a reputation for low prices.

If you don't live in Atlanta proper, a company like Austell Gas may handle your distribution instead of Atlanta Gas Light.

Do your homework, compare prices, make your best guess and be ready to shop around again (with actual data about your own gas usage) when your contract ends.

Next Up

Safest Neighborhoods in Atlanta

Atlanta gets a bum rap for its bad crime statistics, but there are plenty of safe neighborhoods.

Atlanta Home Design Professionals

Let an Atlanta home design professional make your dream home a reality.

Things to do in Midtown Atlanta

The best restaurants, bars and things to do are located right in the heart of Atlanta's Midtown.

Things to do in Grant Park Atlanta

There's no shortage of things to do in this historic village.

Ormewood Park Atlanta: What It's Like to Live Here

This family-friendly neighborhood has grown as people move back to the city.

Midtown Atlanta: Apartments and Other Rentals

As its name implies, Midtown in Atlanta is in the center of it all and has some of the best apartments, condos, lofts and townhomes in the city.

Luxury Apartments in Atlanta

If luxurious amenities like pools, gyms, doormen and a full-service concierge are what you seek, you've come to the right town.

Atlanta Suburbs

Many Atlanta-area residents prefer to live outside the city limits in the suburbs.

Atlanta Restaurants

We hope you're hungry because Atlanta has a restaurant ready to serve up a heaping helping of hospitality.

Atlanta Essentials

Take a look at Atlanta's top spots -- from restaurants to entertainment -- for locals and tourists.


Mountain Life

6:30am | 5:30c

Mountain Life

7:30am | 6:30c

Mountain Life

8:30am | 7:30c

Mountain Life

9:30am | 8:30c

Mountain Life

10am | 9c

Mountain Life

10:30am | 9:30c

Mountain Life

11am | 10c

Mountain Life

11:30am | 10:30c

Mountain Life

12pm | 11c

Mountain Life

12:30pm | 11:30c

Mountain Life

1pm | 12c

Mountain Life

1:30pm | 12:30c

Living Big Sky

2:30pm | 1:30c

Living Big Sky

3:30pm | 2:30c

Living Big Sky

4:30pm | 3:30c

Living Big Sky

5:30pm | 4:30c

Living Big Sky

6:30pm | 5:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Log Cabin Fever

8pm | 7c

Top GAC Shows

Flea Market Flip

Sundays at 8|7c

Living Alaska

Mondays at 9|8c

Top 20 Countdown

Consult Program Guide

Flippin' RVs

Wednesdays 9|8c

Get Social With Us

Let's explore this country together.